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Our Forests Aren’t Fuel: Wetlands Up in Smoke

Our Forests Aren’t Fuel: Wetlands Up in Smoke

By Micah Moen 9 Comments January 6, 2020

I’ve had people look
at me funny when I complain, but the thing is, I’ve seen it. I might rant and rave and carry on, but it’s because I’ve
actually been out there and seen what’s going
on, not just in this one particular spot, but the whole watershed. This used to be a
beautiful section of swamp to come down to the river on. But you’re starting to see a lot of this, where they’re coming in
specifically for the bottomlands. (Jeff)
It’s really important
habitat along these rivers. It seems like the further we go upriver, where it’s less accessible to people, in other words, where
people are not readily motor-boating, kayaking, or canoeing, you see more examples of
bad logging practices. (Jack)
I’ve been flying for 49 years. Over that span of time, I’ve seen a lot of timber cutting. I thought somebody oughta be doing something about this.This
madness needs to stop. (Tom)
Enviva is pretty much solely sourcing from remaining stands of hardwoods. (Andrew)
Biomass is not green energy. When you burn coal,
you’re burning something that’s essentially been
compressed over time. So to make that equivalent
amount of energy from wood products, you have to produce four times as much wood. At the end of the day,
you’ve gone from using what we generally would have allowed to grow in the Southeast and become
a Southeastern component of sequestering these emissions.
You take some of those away and then also at the
same time put it through this long industrial process,
a product from the ground that’s harvested, processed, transported, shipped to another
continent, and at some point the green stamp gets on the product, and over there, they consider themselves using better energy. We are producing more carbon in the air. If we’re talking about real
clean energy, real green energy, the first thing be have to acknowledge is that we’re actually moving
backwards, not forwards. (Belinda)
We believe that everyone should have a clean, safe place to
live, work, and play. Enviva has come in and distracted the living conditions of this community. (Isolene)
My concern is that noise and that beating and that
burming all through the night. Your homes are here, and
they put something like that right in the middle. It just seems like something
could be done about it. I just didn’t think that you could rob people from their sleep. (Silverlean)
Nobody come in the neighborhood to get our opinions about a
new plant coming in town. It was done behind our back. (Kathy)
My husband has to go to work at 4am, and he can’t get any sleep. His bronchitis be acting up,
my son’s sinuses, allergy, been acting up real bad. (Belinda)
This is what they’re gonna have to live with. It’s
an injustice to them. (Tim)
When I was younger, growing up, you didn’t see
the extent nor the frequency of logging that you see along the rivers. But it’s pretty clear if you look around and look at the industries
that have moved in and are currently moving in,
that things are picking up as far as the logging goes. I really worry about what these rivers might look like and what
might pass as a forest in the next 15 years. (Andrew)
If they’re going to somehow fill this new demand for biomass through wood, they’re gonna have to get this biomass from industrial clear-cutting. There’s no way to supply
that kind of demand without industrial logging. (Tom)
It’s huge; it stretches way up that way, way down that way. There’s
pine plantations on two sides. It’s one of those things
that’s out of sight, out of mind for most people. Anybody driving by wouldn’t
see it, but they’re coming through and cutting out forests. These are old trees. They’ve been around here for a while. (Tim)
You only got what you got left now. And it seems to me, pretty
important to try to hold on, at least, to what we do have.

9 Comments found


Peter Currer

Well done!


Garth Pullar

It gives a message of awareness & it must be dealt with now before it is too late.



burning wood for electricity is far from responsible


Earth Mama

Thank you for this well-produced film. Good explantion of the critical issue.  Just imagine putting this same effort into solar and wind.  Thanks, Dogwood for all the fine work you do.


Denys Vlasenko

Biomass is bad, wind towers are bad, solar cells are bad, I take it econazi wouldn't rest until we live in caves.



Are we currently cutting more trees now than we have in the past?  Have the clear cut areas in the film been cut at an earlier time and grown back?  Does the burning of pellets really emit more carbon than coal as stated in the film?  How about the heavy metals like mercury emitted from coal not to mention 300 plus leveled mountains.  I'm a conservationist and tree grower and don't think much of this film with its complete lack of empirical data.



This is a very bad practice. Our forests are for us and not to be cut to supply Europe with fuel for their power plants. Stop it now!!!


Erik E.

Thanks a lot, "environmentally friendly" Europe!


Cojocaru Dan

It is good information, it is well explained. Super 🙂


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